I am not the biggest gossip, but it’s pretty hard to ignore the chatter going around town about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.
Within Hollywood, Le Scandale is still topic A of conversation. Women are furious at Schwarzenegger for his low-class behavior. Men are dealing with the ‘ick’ factor. (Yes, we’ve all looked at the pictures of Mildred Baena and wondered: Are you kidding?)
But Arnold still has his friends, and from among them comes the word that Schwarzenegger does not get what the fuss is all about.
From his perspective, the affair with the housekeeper was not so bad. “At least I kept it in the home,” is what Schwarzenegger has told his friends. He believes that Maria ought to forgive him and take him back. He claims to still love her. He believes they can reconcile.
I’ve spoken to two people who confirm that this indeed is Schwarzenegger’s attitude.
If that is the case, then Schwartzenegger is galactically out of touch not only with Maria’s thinking – all indications are she is dead set on divorce – but with everyone else in Hollywood.
Hollywood wives are keeping their husbands from being seen with the former governor, friendship or no. No more hanging out at Café Roma in Beverly Hills with Arnold. No more lunch meet-ups at the eateries along San Vicente in Brentwood.
And there’s an odd, herd-like response to the affair. The guy is untouchable for the moment. I asked a major Hollywood producer whether Arnold would work again.
“Not right now,” came the hair-trigger response.
Maybe Mel Gibson is available.